WILLIAM (BILL) CASH
Bill Cash joined the Blackthorn Resources' Board in May 2007 as a non-executive Director following an 18 month engagement as a consultant advising the Company mainly on base metals concentrates quality and maketing matters and product transport and shipping logistics in relation to the development of the Perkoa Zinc Mine. In January 2008, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director until August 2008, and as an executive Director until December 2008 when he was then appointed Chairman of the Board. On 1 July 2009, Bill retired as an executive Director, but remains the Company's Chairman on a non-executive basis.
Nicole (Nicki) Bowman
Nicki Bowman joined the Blackthorn Resources' Board having gained extensive experience as a corporate and commercial lawyer in private practice within a Top 10 Australian law firm. Nicki has held senior corporate counsel positions in BHP and Bluescope Steel, before moving into senior management and executive positions. Her experience included key roles in Merger and Acquisition transactions, leading contract negotiations, and managing corporate restructures. Nicki holds Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Law degrees from Sydney University and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mike Oppenheimer is a senior executive with over 30 years’ experience in the resources sector. He has extensive business leadership and value delivery experience in the international mining industry. Now a principal and founder of a mining investment and advisory group, Mike’s most recent CEO position was with Ferrexpo Plc, where he established the iron ore company’s business model and led it through a successful IPO in London in 2007. Under his leadership, the company experienced strong growth in share value resulting in Ferrexpo being included in the FTSE 100 index. Prior to his successful stewardship of Ferrexpo, Mike was with BHP Billiton since 1988 in senior positions, including roles on the Executive Committee reporting to the CEO. His experience includes leadership of BHP Billiton’s businesses in minerals and petroleum, and he played a significant role in the BHP and Billiton merger, integrating the energy coal businesses.
Derek Carter has over 40 years’ experience in exploration and mine geology, including over 17 years in management of ASX-listed exploration companies. He held senior positions in the Shell Group of Companies and Burmine Ltd before founding Minotaur Exploration in 1993. Derek was Managing Director of Minotaur from its inception until 2010 when he became Chairman of the company. He is also Chairman of Petratherm Ltd and Highfield Resources Ltd, and is a director of Mithril Resources Ltd, all of which are listed on the ASX. He is currently a member of the South Australian Resources Development Board and the South Australian Minerals and Petroleum Experts Group. He is also a Board member of the AusIMM (The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy).
Peter Kalkandis is a full-time employee of Glencore Australia Pty Limited, a subsidiary of Glencore Xstrata and is Head of Glencore’s Base Metals Desk in Australia.